On Tuesday, May 29th, CFPA co-sponsored and participated in a rally by the NJ Poor People's Campaign.
For 40 days, the Poor People's Campaign is holding weekly rallies and direct actions. This week's theme was the war economy and the proliferation of gun violence. CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, gave an introductory speech for the rally.
Click here to view Rev. Moore's speech
On Monday, May 21st, around 75 gun violence prevention activists showed up to support and/or testify in favor of gun safety bills being heard by the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In comparison, only one or two NRA supporters were there, and no one testified in opposition to the bills! 6 out of 7 of the bills passed through Committee. One was held for adjustments, but should proceed soon.
The Rev. Robert Moore (left) testifies in support of all seven bills.
On May 9, 2018, CFPA held an emergency demonstration in Princeton, attended by 70, to oppose Trump's May 8th decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. See more photos below.
See video of the rally here.
Speakers included Rob Goldston, a Princeton University physicist who is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Iranian American physician Ahmad Farzad; Frank von Hippel, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at Princeton University and former assistant director of the White House Science Advisor’s office; Mark Pepper, Coalition for Peace Action Treasurer; Niki VanAller, Assistant Director for the Coalition for Peace Action; and the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Folk singer Sharleen Leahy performed at the rally.
See Frank von Hippel's speech here.
See Mark Pepper's remarks from a Jewish-American perspective here.
Left: Dr. Rob Goldston; Right: Dr. Frank von Hippel
On April 26, 2018, Coalition for Peace Action led a delegation of fifteen NJ and PA peace leaders and experts to meet with representatives in Congress. Such a strong showing of constituents who care about peace! Thanks to all who traveled with us or supported from home.
The group met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, Sen. Casey, Rep. Dwight Evans (D - PA02), Rep. Leonard Lance (R - NJ07), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D - NJ06). We also met with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - NJ12), in person - see photos below!
In the meetings, CFPA members emphasized the importance of speaking out for diplomacy with Korea, upholding the Iran Nuclear Agreement, resisting unncessary and costly nuclear "modernization," and ending U.S. involvement in humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen.
CFPA delegation met with Rep. Watson Coleman (center)
CFPA delegation met with staff from Sen. Menendez 's office
On April 8, 2018, CFPA held its annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering.
Andrew C. Weber, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, spoke to a crowd of 80 about US nuclear "modernization" and other current issues.
Two local student leaders who organized gun violence prevention events were honored at our Gathering.
Andy Weber (at podium) answers audience questions.
Dziyana Zubialevich accepts an award for outstanding peacemaking, from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Dziyana initiated the March 24th Princeton March for Our Lives Rally, which had 4,000 attendees. Ben Bollinger, a freshman at Princeton University who started a campus gun violence prevention organization, was also honored in absentia.
On April 4, 2018, a joint delegation of the Coalition for Peace Action and New Jersey Peace Action met with Sarah Arkin (front middle of picture), the Deputy Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under the ranking member, Senator Menendez. The delegation discussed diplomacy in Yemen, North Korea, and Iran.
The delegation subsequently met with one of Senator Booker's staffers on the same issues.